Thomas Tuchel said the ongoing absence of fans is proving difficult as the Paris Saint-Germain head coach highlighted the struggles of playing behind closed doors following Tuesday's Champions League defeat.

PSG – last season's Champions League runners-up – lost 2-1 to Premier League visitors Manchester United in their Group H opener at Parc des Princes.

Marcus Rashford's 87th-minute strike downed PSG, who equalised 10 minutes into the second half via Anthony Martial's own goal after United captain Bruno Fernandes had converted a 23rd-minute penalty.

The result condemned PSG to their first home loss in the Champions League group stage in 25 games, and PSG boss Tuchel bemoaned behind-closed-doors football amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's clear we can improve and we must," Tuchel told reporters. "It's clear that we're not happy with the performance but now is not the moment to be too critical, here, in public.

"We'll do that behind closed doors. We have a lot of things to improve. I don't know why but it's obvious that we had trouble to find the required spirit.

"It's really difficult to always play in closed doors, it's very difficult, it's not the same atmosphere in Champions League. It's one reason but it's not the decisive reason. We'll analyse and discuss but behind closed doors."

PSG – without the likes of Marquinhos and Marco Verratti – were far from their best in the French capital, where star duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were nullified by United's defence.

Neymar failed to score in four consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time since November 2013.

PSG – who will also meet last season's semi-finalists RB Leipzig – have the chance to respond when they travel to Group H opponents Istanbul Basaksehir next week.

"I didn't need the proof, I knew it was a difficult group," Tuchel said. "I knew that, I knew that very well. I know what we missed. We had injured players, players who already proved what they are able to do. We tried, but I'll always defend my players, because they are the same players who have done well in the last weeks, the last months.

"Today, it was like that… We had trouble finding solutions and the spirit that's necessary in the Champions League. Now, it’s more difficult than before [in the group]."

PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, who captained the Ligue 1 champions, told RMC Sport: "There is no explanation. We were simply not good tonight, we were not in the duels and we were slow and late in running back defensively, you pay for that at this level. We can only look at ourselves."

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel described Tuesday's 2-1 loss against Manchester United as one of the club's worst games, the German particularly scathing of the first-half performance in their Champions League opener. 

PSG succumbed to Marcus Rashford's strike with three minutes remaining in Paris, where last season's Champions League runners-up made a losing start in Group H. 

Ligue 1 holders PSG were without Marquinhos and Marco Verratti and United took advantage – Bruno Fernandes converting a 23rd-minute penalty, though Red Devils forward Anthony Martial netted an own goal 10 minutes into the second half. 

But United left the French capital with maximum points thanks to Rashford's late winner, condemning PSG to a first home defeat in the Champions League group stage in 25 games. 

"In the first half, we were simply not on the pitch," Tuchel told beIN SPORTS. "It was not our level. 

"I don't know why, but I can just say that it was not our level, in moving the ball, in possession, in counter-attacking, in challenges, in intensity. 

"By far, one of our worst games, one of our worst first halves." 

"The good news was that it could not be worse. Okay, we were down 1-0, it is easy to play better in the second half and we had to step up, it was clear," Tuchel added after star forward Neymar failed to score in four consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time since November 2013. 

"We tried to do some tactical changes because of the injury of Idrissa Gueye, we tried to bring on one more offensive guy, which was a risk that we paid for at the end also. It was like this today. 

"From the start until the end it felt like we were never at our highest level, and we weren't really into the match like was absolutely necessary on this level." 

When asked about the atmosphere behind closed doors, Tuchel said: "I don't feel it. We've played how many games in the Champions League now without supporters? I don't feel it, sorry." 

PSG, however, have the chance to respond when they travel to Group H opponents Istanbul Basaksehir next week after hosting Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday. 

But Tuchel said: "We have a lot of injured players, a lot of quality that is missing and for that I am not sure if this is good, no." 

Thomas Tuchel labelled Paul Pogba one of the best midfielders in the world ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's clash against Manchester United.

PSG host United in Paris on Tuesday to begin their Champions League campaign in Group H.

Ahead of the clash, Tuchel lauded Pogba, who has been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 champions previously.

"He is one of the best midfielders of the world. That's the key to stopping him," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"Bruno Fernandes who makes a lot of deep passes. One of the best teams in Europe in offensive transition. It's necessary to stop counter-attacks.

"We want to have the ball, we want to play with a lot of possession, we want to impose our style. We have to play with a good structure to play good pressing."

Pogba's former United team-mate, Ander Herrera, also praised the France international.

Herrera, who left the Premier League club for PSG last year, believes Pogba will be a Ballon d'Or contender if United start winning multiple trophies.

"I think he has it all. I've already said that there is no midfielder like him. He can do everything, one-on-one, box-to-box, he can do everything. He has all the qualities," he said.

"He now plays a little deeper than when I was there because Fernandes plays like a number 10. I think he has all the qualities to become one of the best players in the world.

"It's true that when you see the list of players who are candidates for the Ballon d'Or, you have to play in the team that wins everything. I think that if Man United wins titles, he will be in the list for the Ballon d'Or and the end-of-season trophies.

"But, I am a PSG player now, I wish the best for Paul and Man United because they are in my heart but [on Tuesday] I will fight in a different team, we will fight for our team, our place."

Thomas Tuchel believes Manchester United have got one of the world's best number nines in Edinson Cavani as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to face the Red Devils without Marco Verratti. 

Cavani joined United on a free transfer in October following the expiration of his contract with PSG, which led him to miss the final three rounds of last season's Champions League. 

The Uruguay international, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday, is PSG's all-time record goalscorer having found the net 200 times during his seven years with the club. 

PSG could face Cavani on Tuesday when they welcome United to the Parc des Princes for their 2020-21 Champions League opener. 

And coach Tuchel conceded it will be strange to go up against Cavani, whom he has no doubts will be a success at Old Trafford. 

"It was a bit sad about the final eight in Lisbon, as was the case with others. It changes nothing for this meeting," Tuchel told a media conference. 

"He remains PSG's top scorer. He made history here. It is a bit weird to see him with United." 

Asked what United are getting in Cavani, Tuchel replied: "They got a great personality. Very polite, almost kind of a bit shy. Very polite person. 

"A hard worker, he will be there in every training [from the] first minute until last minute, every game first second until last second. 

"He's living for goals, he's living for scoring. When he scores and when he has the confidence, he's one of the best number nines in world football. 

"Hopefully from Wednesday on he can start to convince all of you, tomorrow it's not necessary to prove me right." 

PSG will not be able to call on oft-injured midfielder Verratti, who is reportedly set to be out for three weeks with a thigh issue. 

Leandro Paredes will also be absent with a muscle injury sustained in the 4-0 Ligue 1 win at Nimes, while a knee problem will keep striker Mauro Icardi sidelined. 

Tuchel is, however, hopeful that Marquinhos (groin) and Julian Draxler (hamstring) can feature. 

Thomas Tuchel insisted Neymar would be ready to face Manchester United after the Paris Saint-Germain star was rested against Nimes.

Neymar was left out as PSG cruised to a 4-0 win in Nimes with Kylian Mbappe scoring a brace on Friday.

The Ligue 1 clash came just three days after Neymar scored a hat-trick against Peru in World Cup qualifying in Lima to move past Ronaldo and into second for the most goals for Brazil.

Tuchel said he decided to rest the forward, but he expects Neymar back when PSG open their Champions League campaign at home to Manchester United on Tuesday.

"Ney doesn't have any issue. We talked together, like I did with Kylian," the PSG coach said.

"We had an honest discussion and I decided to let him rest today. He will be with us tomorrow. He will train and get ready for the game against Manchester United.

"He will be on the pitch, for sure."

PSG have been without Neymar in four of seven league games this season, winning three. They have averaged two goals per game without him, but that rises to 2.7 when he plays in the league this season.

Last season, PSG had a 75 per cent win percentage without Neymar in 12 Ligue 1 games, while it was 86.7 per cent when he featured. However, they scored more without him (2.9 goals per game against 2.7).

Mbappe stepped up in Neymar's absence against Nimes, scoring twice as Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Sarabia also netted after defender Loick Landre was sent off for a crude challenge in the 12th minute.

Tuchel was full of praise for the France international, who is up to four goals and three assists in four Ligue 1 games this season.

"It won't be possible to do all the season what we did today. I talked with him [Mbappe] yesterday and we made this decision with responsibilities," he said.

"He said he was feeling well and he really wanted to play. He is a player who can make the difference. That's what he did today. And it was great."

Thomas Tuchel is worried Paris Saint-Germain will only have 11 players available for Friday's Ligue 1 clash with Nimes due to injuries, suspensions and coronavirus protocols.

The reigning French champions will be looking to pick up a fifth win in a row when they make the trip to Stade des Costieres on their return to action after a two-week break.

However, Tuchel confirmed at his pre-match news conference on Thursday that a number of players are either definitely out of the match or are major doubts.

Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat and Mauro Icardi are injured, Angel Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa are banned, while Ander Herrera has contracted COVID-19.

Meanwhile, new signing Danilo Pereira and Colin Dagba have been in close contact with players who have tested positive for coronavirus and must undergo another test on Thursday.

There are also question marks over the fitness of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the back of a stacked international fixture list, which is a cause for concern for Tuchel, especially with Manchester United to come in the Champions League next Tuesday.

"Draxler, Verratti and Marquinhos will not play against Nimes and are doubtful to face Manchester [in the Champions League]," Tuchel said.

"Herrera has been infected with COVID-19. Danilo has been in contact with Cristiano Ronaldo, so he cannot be with us. 

"Dagba was also in contact with Maxence Caqueret with the Under-21s - we will see today if he is still negative on the test so that he returns to the group. 

"Kehrer is still injured and will be absent for a few weeks. Bernat is also absent and finally Icardi was injured in training last Wednesday in the inner ligament of the knee. 

"It's not a big deal, but he won't be with us against Nimes and against Manchester United.

"We need an ambitious and courageous team for tomorrow. We want to attack and not take goals. We want to be ready for Manchester United. 

"On the other side, we must be careful for those who have just returned from the international break like Mbappe and Neymar. Maybe we will only have 11, 12 or 13 players. 

"It will be a headache tomorrow but we want to push the team to win before facing Manchester United."

Tuchel criticised PSG for a lack of transfer activity prior to the signings of Danilo, Moise Keane and Rafinha late in the window.

Sporting director Leonardo did not take kindly to Tuchel's comments and invited the German coach to leave the club if he is not happy with his financial backing.

Speaking for the first time since Leonardo's interview, Tuchel said: "I clearly heard it. I've given my opinion. In football I never take things personally.

"We have not had any contact since. I've been working with the players for two weeks - that's what I like the most.

"As a group we are all very close. But conflicts can happen. We've given our views and I don't take anything personally. I'm here to fight for what is best for the team. Now we move on."

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo said Thomas Tuchel must accept decisions made above him if he stays at the Ligue 1 champions, though he acknowledged signing Houssem Aouar would be a "dream".

Alessandro Florenzi has been the only new arrival at PSG ahead of the 2020-21 season, despite the departures of important figures Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier in Paris.

In a news conference on Thursday, head coach Tuchel – who led PSG to their first Champions League final last term – called for reinforcements by saying: "If we keep the squad we have today, honestly, we can't ask for the same results."

Leonardo criticised the German boss for his public remarks following PSG's 6-1 thrashing of Angers at the Parc des Princes on Friday.

"I did not appreciate Tuchel's comments. I did not understand them and I did not like them. The club did not like them either," said Leonardo.

"We will see internally. If someone is not happy, we talk, there is no problem. But if he decides to stay, he must decide to respect the choices of the sports management.

"We're not here to go to trial. We have to have the spirit of suffering for the club, the spirit of sacrifice. The important thing is the club. We didn't like it [the way Tuchel spoke]."

PSG have been linked with a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is also a target for Premier League side Arsenal.

Asked if he expected any additions before the transfer window closes on Monday, Leonardo said: "We will try to do things. We will see, but there is nothing for sure.

"Aouar, that makes you dream. But now may not be the time. It's a bit complicated at the moment."

Paris Saint-Germain may have hammered Angers 6-1 on Friday, but Thomas Tuchel was frustrated by what he perceived as a "lack of efficiency".

Reigning Ligue 1 champions PSG took the lead at the Parc des Princes inside seven minutes thanks to Alessandro Florenzi's first goal and Neymar got off the mark for the season with a double.

Angers pulled one back through Ismael Traore but Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Kylian Mbappe ensured there was to be no second-half comeback from Stephane Moulin's men.

PSG has 18 shots on goal but were at times vulnerable to the counter-attack, with Tuchel calling for his team to do more to implement a high press.

"I was a little frustrated with our lack of efficiency," Tuchel told Telefoot.

"We still created a lot of chances but the timing and the aggressiveness in the box were better. We scored a lot of goals. We had a great match with a great victory. It gives us a lot of confidence.

"In some games, it's hard to put the intensity on the ball. Regaining the ball high in the opposition's half against a team that is not organised allows us to create opportunities more easily than when we are facing a block of 10 defenders.

"It is very important to close spaces when attacking. It's demanding, it's intensive, but we have to do that. If we do that, it's more difficult to make counter-attacks against us and it allows us to create chances."

Tuchel has been outspoken about PSG's need to strengthen before the transfer window closes on Monday, with Florenzi the only new arrival despite the departures of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier.

Asked how he will feel if there are no more signings, he said: "We have to wait, I've talked about it a lot. I always give my opinion honestly. We're never going to stop pushing and believing that we can do good things.

"But it's also necessary to give your opinion as a coach. That's what I did. There are still a few days left and we can analyse afterwards."

Neymar got off the mark for the season with a double as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Angers 6-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday.

A suspension and a calf issue hindered Neymar's start to the campaign, but he was in fine form with a goal in either half as Thomas Tuchel's men ran riot at the Parc des Princes.

Alessandro Florenzi opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a beautiful first goal for the club before the brace from PSG's Brazil star moved them out of sight early in the second half.

Ismael Traore got Angers on the board but strikes from Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Kylian Mbappe ensured there was no tense finale as the champions recorded their fourth straight win.

After Mbappe saw a low effort saved well by Paul Bernardoni, Florenzi took the goalkeeper out of the equation with a sublime lobbed volley from the right side of the box.

Mbappe sent a cutback into Bernardoni's arms after rounding the goalkeeper but got it right at the next attempt, darting between Sada Thioub and Abdoulaye Bamba and teeing up Neymar to slam in off the underside of the crossbar.

Mbappe had a goal chalked off for offside against Mauro Icardi in the build-up before half-time but Neymar made it three in the 47th minute, slotting home Florenzi's deflected cross.

Angers pulled one back when captain Traore ghosted in behind Mitchel Bakker to head Pierrick Capelle's delivery beyond Keylor Navas, but hopes of a comeback were short-lived.

PSG restored their three-goal cushion in the 57th minute when Bakker squared for Draxler and his shot found the back of the net via a deflection.

Substitute Gueye also benefited from a wicked deflection as his 25-yard shot spun past Bernardoni in the 71st minute.

PSG were in cruise control and Mbappe rounded off the scoring with a first-time finish from Pablo Sarabia's low cross, leaving Bernardoni rooted to the spot.
 

What does it mean? Early blip truly in the past

PSG's title defence started with back-to-back defeats to Lens and Marseille, but they appear to be back to their brilliant best despite continuing to contend with suspensions and injuries.

They moved to within a point of pacesetters Rennes, who are not in action until Sunday against Reims, and Tuchel will expect them to make top spot their own soon after the international break.

A stunning partnership

Neymar and Mbappe looked a cut above against Angers, with their link-up play proving a particular highlight. Mbappe has now set up five more Ligue 1 goals for Neymar than any other PSG player.

Icardi in the background

Mbappe and Neymar shone far brighter than Icardi, who only had 19 touches and made eight passes. He was denied a goal by a brilliant block from Traore on the edge of the six-yard box in the 76th minute.

What's next?

PSG travel to Nimes after the international break, while Angers will entertain Metz.

This year's Champions League campaign will be a "revenge" mission for Paris Saint-Germain, according to midfielder Ander Herrera. 

The French giants fell at the final hurdle in the 2019-20 season, Kingsley Coman's goal enough to hand Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory in August. 

The draw for this season's group stage took place on Thursday, with Thomas Tuchel's men drawn against Herrera's former side Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Herrera described the group as "spicy" and has warned his team-mates they will need to be at their best to advance to the knock-out stages and give themselves the opportunity to go one better than last season. 

"It's a very strong group," he told Telefoot. "Perhaps the most spicy of all, but we are ready. It will be challenging against Leipzig and Manchester United, who we know well. Also, it's never easy to play in Turkey. 

"There is a feeling of revenge. We want to show everyone we can fight again for this Champions League, but this group of the first round is very strong. If we miss out on a game, we can be eliminated. 

"It will be necessary to be attentive. It will be necessary to prepare for all the matches like finals. Error is prohibited. Everyone dreams of winning this Champions League. We have to play with optimism and the conviction that we are going to win it."

Manchester United completed a stunning last-16 win over PSG in the 2018-19 season, the Red Devils coming back from a 2-0 first leg defeat at Old Trafford to win 3-1 in Paris courtesy of Marcus Rashford's stoppage-time penalty. 

PSG head coach Tuchel agreed with Herrera's assessment that it is a tough group and says he will be aiming to mastermind a repeat of the win at Old Trafford two seasons ago.

"We are happy and looking forward to returning to the Champions League soon," he told PSG TV. 

"It's a very difficult draw, but the goal is to get through this group stage. We know Manchester United very well. We will of course try to repeat the result obtained two seasons ago at Old Trafford and do better at Parc des Princes. 

"I don't know much about Istanbul Basaksehir at the moment, but playing international matches in Turkey is always a big challenge."

Neymar has handed Paris Saint-Germain a fitness boost ahead of Friday's Ligue 1 contest with Angers but head coach Thomas Tuchel doubts his side can repeat their run to the Champions League final without strengthening the squad.

Brazil star Neymar sustained a calf injury in the 2-0 beating of Reims, while Idrissa Gueye has been contending with an ankle complaint.

But when asked to provide an update on both players, Tuchel delivered a positive message for the club's fans.

"Two bits of good news - they [Neymar and Gueye] have been part of the last two training sessions with good intensity," Tuchel told a news conference. 

"They are ready and fit, neither of them has any problems at the minute."

The draw for the Champions League group stage takes place on Thursday with PSG aiming to do better than their run to the final last term, where the tournament was completed in Portugal from the quarter-final stages having been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuchel noted the additions made by the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Inter as a sign PSG need to reinforce a squad that has thus far added just Alessandro Florenzi but lost Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier.

"It's sport, it is football, everything is possible. We know that in order to do the same things you need some luck in matches," he added. 

"If we keep the squad we have today, honestly, we can't ask for the same results, because that is the situation. 

"For example we look at Liverpool, they were not in Portugal at all and they have now signed Thiago [Alcantara] and another player from Wolves [Diogo Jota]. 

"Man City have signed some defenders after losing in the quarter-finals. Atletico now have Luis Suarez, Inter Milan were not in Portugal but they now have two teams in their squad able to compete in the Champions League. 

"The teams will have to battle against a big challenge. It will be more difficult than last year if we stay like this."

Asked if reinforcements will be made during the remaining days of the transfer window, Tuchel said: "If we sign any other players that is something I'm not sure about at the moment, we have to wait and see but we will never stop giving the players confidence. 

"We will never accept if we don't win and we always play to win that's the situation, that's the reality at the moment.

"It is not impossible for us to sign new players and we will never stop pushing the players we are working with.

"I think it is necessary to say that at the moment we don't have the same quality in the squad. We don't have the same players. That's the reality. 

"It doesn't mean I want to lose games or not win, not at all. We are going to do everything possible to work hard and perform at the highest level. 

"We won't accept excuses but we also have to face reality and that we have lost players as you mentioned. 

"If we stay like this maybe we can't ask for the same targets with a reduced squad because as I said we have to cope with Liverpool, Man City, Atletico and Inter who have done well in the window. 

"The club knows which profile we need in terms of new recruits. Now we have to wait."

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel criticised his players for easing off the pace in the second half of their 2-0 victory against Reims on Sunday.

Mauro Icardi scored his first two goals since February for PSG at the Stade Auguste-Delaune as the Ligue 1 champions made it three victories in succession without conceding.

PSG started with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar together for the first time this season, while Angel Di Maria and Icardi were also named in an attacking line-up.

Despite the comfortable nature of the victory, Tuchel was not overly pleased with his side's performance against a Reims side without a win this term.

"I liked it in the first half, but I don't understand why we missed a lot of chances," he told Telefoot. "After 20 or 30 minutes we should be three or four up. 

"But I am not happy with the second half that we did. It wasn't serious. There was not the same aggressiveness and the same intensity

"The plan was to put Neymar close to Mbappe. We chose an offensive structure. We tried something and I have a lot of confidence in my team. 

"We had a lot of chances and had 70 per cent of the ball. If we put three or four chances away after 30 minutes, we have a different analysis. 

"So we can see that we missed a lot. The efficiency was not there. You can't play a game like that. In the second half, we weren't serious."

Match-winner Icardi struggled towards the end of last season and did not feature in PSG's Champions League semi-final win over RB Leipzig nor the defeat to Bayern Munich in the final.

And he is relieved to have got off the mark in 2020-21 against Reims, the ex-Inter forward scoring from two of his three attempts on target and creating a joint-high four chances.

"It was important for me to score these goals," he said. I'm happy to score. "I was relaxed during my non-scoring period as I was helping the team defensively. Now we must continue. 

"I'm happy to create chances for my team-mates. We could have put in more to kill the game faster, but satisfaction prevails anyway."

Asked if PSG need another forward before the transfer window closes, Icardi said: "This is a question for the directors. The players are here to play."

Neymar will be back in action for Paris Saint-Germain at Reims on Sunday, much to the delight of coach Thomas Tuchel.

The Brazil forward returns after a two-game suspension following his dismissal in a controversial clash with Marseille earlier this month, when five players saw red.

PSG have won both Ligue 1 games in his absence, with fellow forward Kylian Mbappe having made a goalscoring comeback in the 3-0 win over Nice last Sunday after completing his period of isolation following a positive test for coronavirus.

Tuchel said having the duo available would transform the way his side can play.

"Yes, when Kylian and Neymar play it changes everything for us," he said.

"If both play for us, it's harder [for the opposition] to defend and easier for us to attack.

"We found solutions without both. We started the last Champions League, the group stage, with matches without them.

"It [missing Mbappe and Neymar] is not the best thing. They are there to make the difference. They will start together, that's for sure."

Leandro Paredes, sent off in the same game as Neymar, is also back in the frame along with Abdou Diallo, who got his marching orders in the win over Metz.

But one player still missing is Angel Di Maria, who is serving a four-match ban for spitting at Alvaro Gonzalez in that contentious Classique contest.

While Tuchel accepts Di Maria's sanction was deserved, he vented his frustration at the fact PSG have seemingly suffered significantly greater suspensions than Marseille in the aftermath of that game.

"I can understand the sanction of Di Maria," Tuchel said. "He had a reaction that we don't like.

"[But] we have suspensions that equate to 14 matches, the other team [Marseille] has four matches. There is a big difference in the number of suspensions.

"I do not accept it but I have to and I do not understand. We have the impression that we are the only ones responsible for this situation."

Thomas Tuchel lauded Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria's powers of recovery after they inspired Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 win at Nice on Sunday.

France forward Mbappe made his first PSG appearance of the season following a positive coronavirus test.

His return heralded by far PSG's most convincing display of their title defence to date, following back-to-back losses against Lens and Marseille before the last-gasp 1-0 victory over Metz in midweek.

Di Maria also tested positive for COVID-19 but has managed to play three games since his return despite minimal time on the training pitch.

The Argentina winger scored from the rebound in first-half stoppage time when Mbappe's shot was saved, with the ex-Monaco man having won and converted a penalty to open the scoring.

Captain Marquinhos made sure of the points with a 66th-minute header from Di Maria's free-kick.

"I'm not surprised no, but it's impressive," Tuchel told a post-match news conference when asked about Mbappe's display.

"What Di Maria did is not easy. Angel has played three games in a row starting after just one practice.

"He always shows that he is capable of doing extraordinary things. It's the same with Kylian

"He had a very good game. He has shown again that he can make the difference with his confidence and his hunger to score.

"He helped us a lot, that's clear. I am very happy. I saw a lot of effort from the team. It is a deserved victory, but it was not easy because Keylor Navas had a great game too.

"We now have a week to prepare for the next match."

Tuchel is glad of the seven days to recuperate before next Sunday's trip to Reims, his squad still beset by fitness and suspension issues due to the respective challenges of coronavirus and four red cards across the Marseille and Metz matches.

"We suffer a lot. I see we are really tired after this game," he added.

"But it's something important and it shows in our performance. I see that we haven't lost our state of mind. We are always ready to suffer and to work together. It's a great victory."

Kylian Mbappe impressed on his return to action as he helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 away Ligue 1 win over Nice.

The forward was making his first club appearance of the new season on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with France.

Mbappe scored a penalty that he won himself and then saw his saved shot converted by Angel Di Maria on the rebound as two PSG goals towards the end of the first half proved pivotal.

Nice were not at full strength themselves due the impact of COVID-19 but Patrick Vieira's men were occasionally threatening until PSG captain Marquinhos headed in after the break to seal the win.

After Walter Benitez saved Di Maria's volley, the visitors lost Idrissa Gueye to injury midway through the half, with Ander Herrera replacing him shortly before a golden opportunity for Mbappe to open the scoring.

The France international looked sure to score after a wonderful passing move involving Mitchel Bakker and Mauro Icardi, only to fire over with a left-footed effort.

Presnel Kimpembe was somehow unable to get on the end of a Di Maria corner and later miscued another effort, before Mbappe atoned for his miss.

Seven minutes before the break, Mbappe confidently sent Benitez the wrong way from the penalty spot after a purposeful run into the box had seen him fouled by Khephren Thuram.

Herrera almost made it two but Andy Pelmard deflected his shot onto the post, before lively Nice winger Rony Lopes – who had earlier curled just wide – forced Navas into a key save after a great one-two with Amine Gouiri.

But PSG moved firmly into control one minute into first-half stoppage time, Mbappe's magnificent run and shot forcing Benitez to parry, with Di Maria on hand to power in on the follow-up.

Navas was impressively at full stretch to make a fingertip save from Youcef Atal after the break, while Benitez had to rush out to deny Icardi with his legs at the other end, with the former Inter striker hitting the post from close range soon after.

It was game over after 66 minutes, though, Marquinhos heading in a superb in-swinging free-kick from Di Maria.

A second Mbappe goal was ruled out for offside, while Navas saved well from Evann Guessand late on to preserve PSG's clean sheet.

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